- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Republican Party appears to have the jitters over pro-life legislation for complicated reasons. The public, meanwhile, has their own conclusions about abortion according to a new poll titled “Abortion in America,” conducted by Marist College and the Knights of Columbus. “Most Americans, 84 percent, think laws can exist which protect, both, the health and wellbeing of a woman and the rights of the unborn,” the survey states.

Here are some of the numbers:

68 percent of Americans oppose the use of tax dollars to provide abortions.

64 percent say there are more abortions in the U.S. “than there should be.”

59 percent say having an abortion does more harm than good in a woman’s life “in the long run.”

58 percent support “greater legal restrictions” on abortion.

57 percent say organizations who oppose abortion should not be required to supply insurance that covers the procedure.

60 percent say abortions is “morally wrong” regardless of its legality.

49 percent say they are “pro-choice,” 47 percent say they are “pro-life.”

The poll also found that 84 percent of the respondents “agree there should be significant restrictions and safe guards associated with the procedure including limits to within the first three months of pregnancy, allowed only in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother, or never permitted.”

Source: A Knights of Columbus/Marist College poll of 2,079 U.S. adults conducted Jan 7-13.

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